In a breathing meditation, a person focuses with conscious intention upon the act of breathing. When doing so, one realizes all the muscles and body positions that are impeding the flow of air that would naturally move into and out of the lungs and airways. Posture, movements, and other occasions of the mind may all contribute to a less then optimal breathing pattern.
Unarguably, breathing fuels aspects of everything we do and feel. Its processes are regulated by the brain stem – a part of the brain that is most primal and shared throughout the animal kingdom.
How strange it is then, that only upon a moment’s worth of conscious attention, we notice ourselves impeding this natural flow. How can a flow that has worked itself through existence over the course of eons be altered and hampered when neglected?